Boeheim’s Army’s Arinze Onuaku thanks Syracuse fans: ‘They’re everywhere’

Boeheim's Army Huddle
Boeheim's Army huddles during a timeout. Mandatory Photo Credit: The Juice Online, Matt Dagostino.

ATLANTA — The Juice Online’s Matt Dagostino caught up with Boeheim’s Army center Arinze Onuaku following its 73-69 over Armored Athlete in the Super 16. Onauku led the way with 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Here’e what he had to say:

The Juice Online: What do you think of the ELAM ending? It seemed to add a little excitement.

Arinze Onuaku: It’s definitely different. It’s got pros and cons, I guess, to everything. The biggest thing when you get to that point is that you get a good shot every time. We took a couple bad one and they got a couple 3s and then it got interesting. We just have to be better next game knowing that our seven points, we have to get a good shot every time. It’s not about about getting two quick 3s. Every time, just make sure you get a good one.

TJO: What was the explanation the officials were giving you about you getting intentionally fouled at the end of the game?

AO: They don’t know the rules, I don’t think. If someone fouls me, I’m making a basketball play, that’s fine. But I’m at halfcourt and the ball’s up there, I don’t get it. The whole point of ELAM is to stop the fouling but they’re doing it at the end. I guess it’s up to them to figure out what to do.

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TJO: Have you kept up with the Syracuse basketball team? What are your thoughts on this year’s roster?

AO: To be honest, I came there last season when I left the Orlando Magic. I don’t know who they have this year. I know [Frank] Howard. Tyus Battle. I don’t know much of the team right now. I know as soon as the season goes I’ll be locked in and see how it goes of course.

TJO: There were a lot of Syracuse fans here down in Atlanta. What does that mean to you?

AO: It’s been the same way since I was there. You go to Florida. They’re there. You to go the West Coast they’re there. Cuse Nation is big for us. I’m just glad they’re traveling with us.

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Matt currently works as an on-air talent and producer for Turner Sports in Atlanta, where he is from. Among his responsibilities are voicing over highlights for,,, and He has also served as an associate producer for TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs and TBS’s coverage of the MLB Postseason. Matt also has experience as a minor league baseball play-by-play announcer and as a PA announcer in D-I college athletics. Matt graduated from Syracuse University in 2005.